The Local Calendar 8/21/13 Corks and Crayons, Meet The Market, Fermentation at Green City

August 21, 2013 at 6:49 pm

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Tick, tick, tick, it is apple time already. Buy, buy, buy all the produce that you can now, it won’t be on the tables forever! I bought some Red Haralson apples from Nichols at the MCA Market. The apples are tart, crisp and a varietal that I hadn’t bought before. I have to say, they taste as advertised by Chad at Nichols. Do you have a favorite apple varietal? Let us know in the comments below and why! It is that tomato time of year, we are at the height of the tomato harvest, live and love this fruit that we all use like a vegetable. Purple Asparagus is not in season, in fact, asparagus season is over but Purple Asparagus’ annual benefit, Corks and Crayons is this Sunday at the Greenhouse Loft.

Food Day Chicago (Oct. 24) is about 2 months away. Earth Day was first created in 1970, and is now recognized and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year. Food Day is in its infancy, so help it grow, “like” the Food Day CHI facebook page, and encourage your friends and family to Eat Real! If you are reading the LO-CALendar you are on the forefront of the Food Day movement.The biggest help you as an individual can do right now is to “like” the Food Day CHI facebook friends and get all your family, friends and colleagues to as well!

Support your local farmers markets and buy while the produce is available. The Local Calendar never stops, with the appearance of tomatoes, eggplant, apples and peaches we are slightly past the peak of the harvest season. Lots of fresh produce leads to lots of prep and cutting for which you need sharp knives. Check out where Dave Nells(Sharpening By Dave) will be so you can make sure your knives stay sharp. Get $1 off per knife by mentioning you read about him in The Local Beet.  Now on to yet another action packed Local Beet week ahead!

August 21

Andersonville- Andersonville Farmers Market opens 3-8pm (6/5-9/4) On Berwyn between Clark and Ashland

Chicago - Logan Square Night Market Palmer and Kedzie in Palmer Park 5pm – 9pm weekly through September 4th.

Chicago - Veggie Bingo at The Hideout - Wednesdays through to September 11 They’ll be calling games and grilling dogs at the Hideout to support Chicago’s community gardens. Co-sponsored by NeighborSpace, Hideout Veggie Bingo features a grand prize of fresh produce from Irv and Shelly’s Fresh Picks and a cornucopia of other prizes drawn from local artisanal food producers, farmers, and gardeners – plus HOT DOGS donated by Hot Doug’s. Games run 5:30-8 pm

Chicago - Wednesdays at Wood Street - Growing Home Wood Street Farm Stand 11am – 4pm 5814 S. Wood St.

Chicago - Green City Market Lincoln Park Location 7am – 1pm 10:30m Its a festival of carrots! Chef demonstration Rosalia Barron The Signature Room Be sure to check out the 5 Star salads at The Honest Meal Project along with a Seasons Soda from Bobbie Chang and bring home some  stomach satisfying soup and sauces from River Valley Kitchens.

Chicago – Wine Wednesdays at Province – Seasonal farm to table 5 course tasting menu. 159 North Jefferson A Gold level LEED certified restaurant with 3 stars from the Green Restaurant Association.

August 22

Chicago - Meet The Market at RM Champagne Salon with the Green City Market Junior Board – 116 N. Green St. 6-8pm They are teaming up with the fabulous Jessica Murnane of One Part Plant  for a special twist on this MTM… we’re going ALL PLANT!! Using seasonal produce from Nichols Farm and Iron Creek Farms, Jared VanCamp has designed us a mouth-watering, plantastic, complimentary menu.

Chicago - Argyle Night Market kicks off today – Argyle and Broadway 5pm – 9pm weekly through September 5th

Chicago - Eli’s Cheesecake & Wright College’s Farmer Markets  7am!  Fresh fruits and vegetables from Nichol’s Farm and the Chicago High School of Agricultural Sciences, as well as hand crafts, flowers. FREE Continental Breakfast from 7am – 9am with $5 market purchase. Lunch on the Grill will be served from 11am – 1pm.  FREE Sustainable Agriculture Lecture at 1:00p.m. 

Chicago - Daley Center Farmers Market - Market will run May 16th through October 31. The Urban Canopy sells their microgreens and wheat grass made with a hand crank!

Chicago – Uptown Market Uptown Farmers’ Market is year round. Every Thursday from 7-1 inside Weiss Memorial Hospital or in the parking lot during the warmer months. 4646 N Marine Drive This is an appropriate day to stock up on Spark of the Heart Soups

August 23

Chicago - 2 Sparrows Tomato dinner with Leaning Shedd Farm - 553 West Diversey Parkway 7pm $45

August 24

Chicago(Wicker Park) – The Nosh Food Festival 10am- 5pm A.N. Pritzker School just off Damen

Chicago 61st Farmers Market -  9am – 2pm Located on 61st Street between Dorchester and Blackstone Avenues. Say hello to Axel at Penny Pastry and taste some of his very yummy creations! Penny Pastry jams is on my “must buy” list! 

Chicago - Green City Market Lincoln Park 7am – 1pm Chef demonstration 10:30am Paula Haney Hoosier Mama Pie David Klingenberger from The Brinery will be give a demonstration on fermentation at 11:30am.

Chicago - Edible Gardens - Green City Market 9:30am – 10:15am Keeping a Tidy Garden: Staking, Pruning, Harvesting, and Composting August is often the month when gardens are at their peak.  Avoid the “jungle garden” by learning how to properly stake and prune.  Learn to distinguish when produce is ready for harvest and learn the principles of home composting.  Please bring pruners if you have them.

Chicago - Iron Street Farm Stand - 9am – 3pm 3333 S. Iron St.

Evanston - Downtown Evanston Farmers Market - This market will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Saturday through November 2.  Intersection of University Place and Oak Ave. (behind Hilton Garden Inn, east of East Railroad Ave.) In 2013, the market celebrate its 38th year. Make sure to checkout Henrys Farmstand !!

Morton Grove - Morton Grove Farmers Market opens!! (6/8-10/19) 8am – 12pm  - 6210 Dempster St

La Fox – Heritage Prairie Saturday Farmer’s Market  9am – 1pm 2N308 Brundige Road

Oak Park - Oak Park Farmers Market - The market will run every Saturday through 10/26/13 7am – 1pm Pilgrim Church, right next door to where the market is held, offers fresh warm donuts, juice and coffee, with live bluegrass music nearby. The Oak Park Farmers’ Market is located at 460 Lake St., just one block west of Ridgeland Avenue.

Woodstock - Woodstock Farmers Market Outdoors 9am -12pm

August 25

Chicago –  Seven Seas Charity Feast (before the oyster competition 1-4pm $55  1072 N. Milwaukee 3rd Annual Supreme Mother Shucker - Oyster Shucking Competition – All at Frontier Chicago

Chicago - 9th Annual Corks and Crayons Benefit - 4-7pm  Greenhouse Loft (located in the Green Exchange) 2545 W. Diversey Avenue, 2nd floor Chicago, IL 60647 Corks & Crayons is Purple Asparagus’ signature, annual, fun-for-all-ages event. Taking place in the gorgeous Greenhouse Loft and hosted by Logan Pause of the Chicago Fire, this year’s event will feature tastings from some of Chicago’s top chefs including Top Chef Contestants Heather Terhune (Sable Kitchen & Bar) and Richie Farina (moto restaurant). They”ll also be featuring Ale Syndicate brews, cocktails with Templeton Rye whiskey, Candid Wines, and delicious non-alcoholic beverages for the kids.

Chicago - Glenwood Sunday Outdoor Market It is the 4th anniversary for the market and runs until October 27, 2013.  The Outdoor Market is located Glenwood Avenue on the west side of the CTA Red Line between Morse and Lunt Avenues in Rogers Park. Hours are 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sundays

Chicago - Logan Square Outdoor Market 10am–3pm Logan Blvd between Whipple and Milwaukee Ave; May 19–Oct 27

Chicago - Pilsen Community Market -9am–3pm  1800 S Halsted St Chicago Community Bank parking lot

August 26

Schaumburg - Lure and Lore of Spices at The Schaumburg Public Library Schaumburg Central Library 7pm 130 South Roselle Rd Spice House owners Patty and Tom Erd have spent their lives as spice merchants in pursuit of the highest quality spices from locations all over the globe. They will share interesting historical facts, anecdotes and entertaining tales of derring-do.

August 27

Chicago - Not So Deadly Nightshade - The Stew Supper Club 7-10pm 6338 N. Clark

Chicago - The Trenchermen presents a Dinner Up River with Perennial Artisan Ales 6:30pm 2039 North Ave. Only 75 seats available $100


September 1

Baroda, MI  - Check Please Farm To Table Fest - Round Barn Winery – 12:30pm – 4pm

September 6/7

Chicago – The Hideout Block Party and A.V. Fest - We love the Hideout at the Beet and everything that Martha Bayne has done to create a community around food and the organizations that feed the hungry in the city. Can’t really say much about the Block Party,  kind of speaks for itself.

September 8

Chicago - Kegs For Kids – 12pm – 5pm The Hopleaf 5148 N. Clark Our 4th annual Craft Beer Tasting Party—for adults, of course— will again be held here at Hopleaf the first Sunday afternoon in September. More details to follow,  but tickets are available in advance for $40 at .  ALL proceeds go to benefit quality public school education at Helen C. Peirce Elementary School on Bryn Mawr in our Edgewater!

September 9

Chicago – Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food 8:30am – 5pm  Union League Club of Chicago A local, regional, food system convening.

September 11 – 14

Chicago - The 28th Annual Oktoberfest in Chicago – 11am – 9pm John C. Kluczynski Federal Plaza  Sponsored by the Berghoff There is local and then there is local, 28 years running is pretty darn local!

September 15

Springfield – Illinois Stewardship Alliance Annual Harvest Celebration - The celebration includes food from local producers, prepared by some of the state’s premier chefs, a welcome address from Lt. Governor Sheila Simon, live music, and a silent auction. 5pm  Inn at 835 in Springfield. Buy tickets online (using Paypal below) or mail a check to: Illinois Stewardship Alliance, 230 Broadway St. Suite 200, Springfield, IL 62701 Ticket Prices: ISA Member – $75 Non-member – $85

September 21

Skokie – Third Annual Hullabaloo to Support The Talking Farm Howard Street Farm

September 27-29

Chicago – Millenium Park - Chicago Gourmet - A celebration of food and wine. Chicago becomes Ground Zero for the culinary world during this weekend. This will sell out.

October 4-14

Reedsburg, WI – Fermentation Fest

October 5

Chicago - Chicago - Seasonal Soul Food: A Celebration of Chef Edna Lewis Inspiration Kitchen 3504 West Lake St. 6pm -10pm The proceeds of this unique event will benefit The Sugar Beet Co-op, a volunteer organization that provides educational experiences that celebrate local food. From canning classes to The Edible Garden Tour, The Sugar Beet Co-op has reached over 3000 people in 18 months with positive and practical information about sustainable food choices that support local farmers, strengthens our community and feeds our bodies and souls.


These stores specialize in local foods:

Butcher and Larder 1026 North Milwaukee in Noble Square, Chicago

Dill Pickle Food Co-op – 3039 West Fullerton, Chicago

Edible Alchemy Foods Co-op - Located in the near-SW Pilsen neighborhood, the co-op has grown to five locations in, including Hyde Park, River North, Lakeview, and Logan Square

Green Grocer 1402 West Grand Ave in West Town Watch this fantastic video about GMOs, sourcing local and see what you are missing if you don’t shop at the GG.

Marion Street Cheese Market 100 South Marion St. Oak Park

Plum Market - 1233 N. Wells, Chicago

Provenance Food & Wine - 2 locations Logan Square 2528 N. California Lincoln Square 2312 W. Leland Ave.

Publican Quality Meats – 835 W. Fulton, Chicago

Sauce and Bread Kitchen - 6338-40 N. Clark, Chicago

Sharpening By Dave  - Green City Market and other locations throughout Chicagoland. If you want to eat local, you need to have sharp knives to prepare the produce!!  Let Dave know that you read about him in the Local Beet and you will get one dollar off each knife sharpened. 

Standard Market 333 West Ogden Ave. Westmont

Our full list of area markets can be found here.

 Area resources for local food initiatives, workshop, classes: Advocates for Urban Agriculture ,Angelic Organics , Edible EvanstonIllinois Stewardship Alliance , The Land ConnectionThe Peterson Garden Project , The Talking FarmWeFarmAmerica